Today’s trip was a drive to the East Peckham area in Kent to pick up some specific Challenge Caches with some high DTs. One location was a rather well-laden orchard with some tasty looking apples clustered on the trees.
I headed for a Letterbox cache which was clearly near the site of an old pub – all that remained was an empty sign!
Of course, Kent is famed for its Oast Houses and there was a particularly fine example on one part of my walk.
Last night I had a notification that yet another cache in the excellent Common Genius series on Danbury Common had been published. While I was out in Kent, I checked the phone to see if any finds had been logged yet. Nope. But I was reasonably convinced that someone would have had a go at it by now. However, I thought I would give it a punt on the way home anyway.
I arrived at the car park and it was already dark. Previously, I would not have attempted it, but having found 20 in the dark the other day, I wasn’t phased. Arrived at GZ with head torch and hand torch. Aha! Another field puzzle, which thankfully I quickly sorted out. OOOOh! And a lovely blank log sheet. FTF No. 38 – don’t mind if I do!
Back on 1st May, when I reached The Big 5K, I had found the Letchmore Loop Bonus cache and a few more. But there were still some outstanding from the south eastern part of the loop, so today I decided to tackle them after work.
There were some easy finds and a couple of tricky ones, mainly along footpaths through the fields around Letchmore. One particularly nice stretch was through an orchard.
I gave up at No. 5 which was a very tricky beast, but managed to find all the others I tackled this evening. The final stretch back towards the car was easy enough walking – I was grateful, since the previous field was very uneven and rutted and I was terrified of twisting an ankle as I picked my way slowly across it!
There is always time for one or two more, so after my main walk, I drove back through Radlett on the way to the M25 and picked up Coal Post #42 and another nearby trad.
When Peverel Blue’s series, Bolting Round Ulting first came out, I decided to do them piecemeal as fillers to keep my geostreak going. But since starting with the first few, plenty more local caches have been published closer to home.
Today I decided to go and collect the remaining 7 trads and their information so I could calculate where the big bonus was hiding.
Where are you? Ah, there!
No. 5 was a nice Letterbox pot, I even remembered to take along my own Smiley Stamp to mark up the logbook.
After a slightly wrong detour for No. 9, I eventually got the this view of the lake (and found the cache!). One more to collect on the way back to the car and I called it a day there. The calculation for the bonus is a bit involved and I thought it was better to do it at home so I didn’t get it wrong!
It’s good to have most of this series put to bed now, it was a lovely little walk.